13 Books Every Man Should ReadMay 31, 2022 10:05AM ● By Nicole Teitler
There are certain books every man should read at some point in their lifetime—in some cases maybe even twice. Some required reading from high school is worth revisiting as an adult, for a new perspective. Here are 13 books we suggest all men add to their reading lists.
The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
If you somehow escaped
reading this in high school—or even if you didn’t—it’s time to pick up a copy.
Holden Caulfield is an iconic character of the 20th century that you’ll love to
hate. You’ll relate to him as a teenager and recall memories of your youth
through his character.
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
Set in war-torn
Afghanistan, the novel explores the themes of patriarchy, power, friendship,
sacrifice, betrayal and of course redemption.
1984, George Orwell
Part dystopian fiction and part cautionary tale, this novel examines political manipulation and touches upon what it means to be a rebel.
The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday
You’ve likely heard of
the names Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus and Seneca. These stoic philosophers are
considered some of the wisest leaders of all time. Gather insight, wisdom and
historical context in this easy-to-read, hard-to-put-down book.
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Praised by William
Zinsser as an example of clutter-free, concise writing, Thoreau’s account of
his time outdoors provides an opportunity for both reflection and growth.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, Phil Knight
This memoir isn’t a
story of success. Rather, it’s a candid account of failure. Phil Knight is both
your mentor and best friend in his retelling of how an iconic sports brand came
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari
What makes us unique?
How did we get here? Learn about the entirety of human history in this book
that covers our biology, paleontology, economics and anthropology.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Two former Navy SEALS share life lessons about ownership and leadership.
Health and Wellness
10% Happier, Dan Harris
Harris describes how
we went from being a stressed-out, strung-out Nightline anchor and self-help
skeptic to achieving profound happiness through a daily meditation practice.
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, Michael A. Singer
Be prepared to have a
spiritual awakening with a book that explores a path to self-awareness that is
both relatable and applicable.
Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, James Clear
Learn how to form new
habits, or break old ones, from one of the world’s foremost experts. Clear
explains how to deconstruct existing systems to set up new ones that will not
only work but also provide a better future.
The 5 AM Club, Robin S. Sharma
Even if you haven’t
heard of this book, you’ve heard of the concept. Using real-life examples and a
step-by-step breakdown, this book explores how adopting a new morning habit can
help you optimize your productivity, health and mental state.
Nicole Teitler—known by her trademark, Nikki On The
Daily—is a brand storyteller based out of Hoboken, NJ, connecting communities
through conversation. Contact her at [email protected] or NikkiOnTheDaily.com.